As the Metro fare hike came into effect, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday announced the beginning of city-wide protests, while the Delhi Assembly passed a resolution to form a nine-member committee to look into the “rationale” of the hike and assess the financial health of the DMRC.
AAP has been alleging that the hike decision was taken by the Centre to benefit “radio cab” operators. AAP Delhi unit convener reiterated the party’s stand and said the argument that the hike was in response to operational losses of the Metro was untrue. “The Modi government’s decision to hike the fare is unfortunate and taken with animosity,” he said.
He said AAP will launch a “satyagraha” to demand a rollback and protest outside all Metro stations on Wednesday. On Thursday, the party plans to gherao Nirman Bhawan, the office of the Union Urban Development Ministry.
Opposition leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa, termed the fare hike “sad” and said the Delhi government’s response to the issue had not been prompt. The resolution to form a committee to probe the issue was passed by a voice vote in the House, after a motion was moved by AAP legislator Somnath Bharti. The panel members will be nominated by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.